It was 90 degrees in the shade

And there wasn’t any shade. After ten o’clock in the am, all the clouds disappeared.That’s the Florida I know. Here you are sitting at a May day fair, selling your wares, right in the middle of a large, paved parking lot, no marque/tent over you, wishing it were overcast and raining. I got there right around 7:30 to set up, and left close to 3:00 in the afternoon. My brain was fried. I had a hat, but all that did was to keep the heat in…

I got home, stripped,climbed into a luke-warm shower and gradually lowered the water temp until it was ice cold. Another hour out in the sun and someone else would be writing this blog entry…

Well, I met some really nice people, developed some leads and sold four copies of "The Big Bend". The day paid for itself. I also got a nice tan. Or maybe sunburn. It’s too early to tell…

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About Gary Showalter

Gary Showalter was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He lived in Aruba, Florida and the Panama Canal Zone before joining the U.S. Army during the 1960s. Following his discharge from the Army, Mr. Showalter picked cotton in East Texas, baled hay in Ardmore Oklahoma, sold light bulbs in Los Angeles, California, and built cattle pens in Fallon, Nevada (during a blizzard, of course). After settling in Atlanta, Georgia, Mr. Showalter worked as a professional gardener before turning his hand to furniture making. In 1981, he moved to Israel, married, and raised four children while working as a furniture maker, silversmith, goldsmith, and ornamental wood turner. He served in the Israel Defense Forces Reserves for sixteen years, and when not on active duty he worked in government and private security. He has also served in senior management positions in two software development companies in Israel. During his time in Israel, Mr. Showalter published articles dealing with international terror and the Israel-Arab conflict in the Jerusalem Post, Israel national News and several political science web sites. Mr. Showalter returned to the United States in the fall of 2003, to care for an elderly parent. He published his first novel, “The Big Bend”, in the fall of 2008. His second novel, “Hog Valley”, is now in print. Mr. Showalter's third novel, “Twisted Key”, was published in the fall of 2011, and his fourth novel, "Lonesome Cove" is now available in Kindle format and should be published in paper near the end of 2012. He currently lives in Deland, Fl, where he is co-authoring "A Silent Star" with Tony Attanasio. "A Silent Star" is the true tale (though novelized, with names changed for security reasons) about the 4-person covert action team sent into Yemen to capture Osama Bin laden immediately after the bombing of the USS Cole in the Aden harbor in Yemen in October of 2000.
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